The Ford F-150 makes a pretty good statement on its own. A big chunky grille, a bold shoulder line and a tall seat makes it hard to miss. But the for those who aren’t satisfied, Ford’s 2012 version of the Harley Davidson edition is by far the most handsome yet and aligned better with the motorcycle brand than ever before.
Stepping up and in to the cabin you’re greeted with a snakeskin theme to accent the leather seats. Ford says it’s inspired by gas tank inserts on premium-level Harley-Davidson motorcycles and it gives the interior the little bit of edge it needs to make it feel bad boy like the motorcycles.
Much like the Model-T, you can get your F-150 Harley Davidson in any colour … as long as it’s black (or white). A Nike swoosh-esque graphic adorns the side which at first seems a bit out of place but has a bit of a flame feel to it which fits well on this truck. The best wheels on any Ford product can be found here: 22-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted accents and a H-D logo centre cap. They look like they could be found on a Harley V-Rod Muscle.
With a big name on the side you need a big engine under the hood. A 6.2-litre, V8 engine puts out 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. Put simply, this truck is no slouch and even tapping the go pedal roars the engine to life. That being said after a week of normal driving meant putting over a $100 worth of gas to fill the tank where about $65 worth will do our family minivan. Yes, it’s apples and oranges but you have to be prepared for the gas bill when behind the wheel of this F-150.
The feature that drew the most comments were the running boards. Opening and closing the doors causes them to appear and retract under the body. The first time I opened the door I was doing so only to turn my back to pick up a box I was going to load in the rear seats. BAM – shins crash into metal. But this feature is quite useful even if they can surprise you if you’re not expecting them. My only cost would be the repair cost if the mechanism that retracts them ever broke.